Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated February 17, 2009)
Emergencies are basically considered emergencies because they are stressful, unexpected, not really positive events. When you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, you're often not thinking your best and sometimes it's hard to know what's best to do for the issues at hand. The best way to deal with just about any kind of emergency is to prepare beforehand, and that principle of preparation extends to your pets. If you can prepare for emergencies and know what you're going to do with your pets, then you'll be saving yourself potential stress and mistakes.
When you purchase or are given a pet, there are certain procedures you have to go through to make sure that everything is okay. Your pet goes to the vet to get immunizations, and (if you're a conscientious pet owner), you'll have your pets tagged and have a record of them elsewhere. Whenever you get those documents, place them in a safe, accessible, and memorable spot, so you can pull them out when you need them. There's nothing like needing specific documents at specific times and not being able to find them. A good place to keep them probably is with the rest of your important documents, like birth certificates, social security cards, and insurance policies. Hopefully you know where you keep these important documents, and so if you keep your pets' records with these other records, then you should always be able to access those files when you need them.
You also should know how you're going to transport your pets in the event of an emergency. Do you have a crate you can take your pets in? If you don't, now might be a good time to invest in one, just so you have it on hand. You should also have a couple of backup plans in case you have to go somewhere that won't allow pets. You might be able to make arrangements with friends or something in case you can't take your pets with you. If you can work out these details beforehand, you'll be doing yourself a huge favor. Also, make sure you have enough food for your pet, and that the emergency food is in a place where you can grab it on the go. When you're stressing out about other emergencies, the last thing you'll want to be thinking about is whether or not you have enough food for your pet.
So, if an emergency ever crops up—which is bound to happen at one point or another—you'll be grateful to have a plan. Make those plans now, so you won't have to worry about them later. Preparation is the key here, and you can be prepared, you'll sail through those emergencies with flying colors!
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